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No Bake Cookies with Cookie Butter

No Bake Cookies made with Cookie Butter are a tasty twist on classic no bake oatmeal cookies. This is one version you will want to make time and time again!

Close up view of a stack of cookie butter no bake cookies

If you're a long time fan of my site, you'll know it's no secret that I love Biscoff Cookie Butter. Cookie butter frosting and bourbon cookie butter cups are just a couple examples of how I've used this delicious spread in the past.

My husband is the mastermind of today's delicious creation --> peanut butter no-bake cookies made with cookie butter instead of peanut butter. This came about when he tried to make no-bake oatmeal cookies from a recipe off allrecipes.com. My husband is not a baker/dessert maker but he tries once in a while.

His cookies didn't turn out the way the recipe intended so he asked me to make some. Of course, I was up for the challenge but then he threw me a curveball and asked that I use cookie butter. He'd been scoping out my baking pantry and saw a half-used jar on the shelf.

What better way to use it up?!

I tinkered with the ingredient ratios to create a pretty darn good cookie. They are sweet but not toothache-y sweet. They are fudgy but not insanely fudgy. And they taste like cookie butter. It's a win if you ask me.

Overhead view of cookie butter no bake cookies on a black plate

A small jar of cookie butter is rather pricey so you're probably wondering why you'd want to buy it just to make cookies with it. If you are a lover of cookie butter, this is exactly why you should use it to make cookies.

This recipe calls for a half cup of cookie butter which is about half of a 14-ounce jar. For everyday use, this half cup would probably go pretty fast. But, in this no-bake cookie recipe, it's enough to make about 26 cookies.

It's such a great way to stretch that cookie butter and make it last longer!


Can you freeze no bake cookies?

Yes, you can freeze no bake cookies and I highly suggest that you do.  They will keep for up to three months in the freezer. Be sure to wrap them tightly in a sealed container.

Thaw the frozen cookies in the refrigerator then set them on the counter to come to room temperature before serving.

Most grocery store chains have cookie butter on the shelves next to the peanut butter. I've seen it in Walmart, Publix, and Target. Trader Joe's carries their own brand. It's also available on Amazon.


Bring butter, milk, and sugar to a boil and let it boil for one minute. Use a timer since cooking the base for the right amount of time is essential for perfect no bake cookies.

Overhead view of melted butter, sugar, and milk in a saucepan

Stir in cookie butter and vanilla. Make sure the cookie butter is fully melted and mixed in. Then stir in the oats and let the mixture sit for 1-2 minutes to soften the oats and thicken.

Overhead view of no bake cookie mixture in a saucepan

Step 3: Scoop and chill

Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop out mounds onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If needed, use the back of the scoop to spread the mixture out to form cookies. Let the cookies sit until they've hardened, about 30 minutes.

Overhead view of no bake oatmeal cookies on a baking sheet
Side view of a stack of cookie butter no bake cookies

Troubleshooting no bake cookies

Why are my no bake cookies dry?

This recipe calls for boiling butter, sugar, and milk to make the cookie base. If the mixture boils too long it will cause the cookies to be dry and crumbly.  Have a timer nearby and as soon as the mixture begins to boil, set the timer for 60 seconds. Remove the mixture from the heat as soon as the 60 seconds are up.

Why didn't my no bake cookies harden?

Cooking the butter, sugar, and milk mixture for the right amount of time is essential for getting no bake cookies to set properly. If the mixture doesn't boil long enough, the cookies will never set properly. Start timing the mixture as soon as it begins to boil and let it boil for a full minute before removing it from the heat.


  • Measure everything out before getting started. No bake cookies require you to move quickly so there's no time to stop and measure as you go.
  • Use a timer! This is the most important tip I can offer you. The base needs to boil for exactly 1 minute or the cookies will no turn out properly!
  • Don't scoop the cookies too soon. After adding the oats, let the mixture sit for a minute or two before forming the cookies. These couple of minutes will soften the oats and thicken the mixture so the cookies will hold their shape.
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Close up view of a stack of cookie butter no bake cookies

No Bake Cookies with Cookie Butter

Yield: 26 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes

No Bake Cookies made with Cookie Butter are a tasty twist on classic no bake oatmeal cookies. This is one version you will want to make time and time again!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup (120 ml) whole milk
  • ½ cup (118 g) Biscoff Cookie Butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups (245 g) quick-cooking oats

Instructions

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Bring the sugar, butter, and milk to a boil over medium heat. stir occasionally as it's warming up. Let the mixture boil for 60 seconds. 
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the cookie butter and vanilla until melted and combined. Add the oats and mix until well combined. Let the mixture sit for 1-2 minutes until the oats have softened and thickened slightly.
  4. Use a 1.5 tablespoon-sized cookie scoop to drop mounds onto the prepared baking sheet. Use the back of the scoop to spread and shape the cookies if needed.
  5. Cool the cookies for about 30 minutes or until they've hardened.

Notes

Milk: Whole milk is required. Low fat or milk alternatives will not work the same.

Oats: Quick-cooking oate are necessary for this recipe. If you can't find them, you can pulse old-fashioned oats in a food processor 4-5 times so they are finer.

Make ahead tip

  1. The cookies will keep for up to 1 week stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  2. Freeze the cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator then bring them to room temperature before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 26 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Morgan

Sunday 23rd of May 2021

Made these for a church party today! I was worried about them not hardening up quick enough and melting at the party since it was outside. I froze them for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes before the party and they were a HUGE hit! They softened enough to eat and didn’t get too soft! I had to fight my husband off them so there was some left for the party! 😂 Will absolutely make again.

Jasmin

Monday 1st of March 2021

I love cookie butter, so I was excited when I found this recipe! However, the cookies were runny even after having them set for 30 minutes (decided to have them set longer to see if it’ll form better, it didn’t). I don’t know if it’s because I used oat milk instead of regular milk. I made sure to follow the steps including the 60 second timer while the ingredients boiled.

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Unfortunately, regular whole milk is required for the cookies to turn out properly.

Maria

Sunday 28th of April 2019

I've been looking forward to making these. Unfortunately, they were not as good as I had hoped. I love cookie butter and have used it for years. I followed the recipe exactly. The cookies came out as expected, but it was the taste that lacked. There wasn't enough cookie butter flavor coming through, but lots of sweetness. Not sure if I'll make them again. They were real easy to make and only a few ingredients. I loved that they were no bake.

Jen Sobjack

Monday 29th of April 2019

Hi Maria! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the cookies. They are rather sweet but there's really no way around that. This type of cookie needs quite a bit of sugar in order for the cookies to set properly. You could experiment with adding a little more cookie butter to get the flavor to be more prominent but then again, this could change the texture and or the way the cookies set.

Marilyn

Sunday 26th of August 2018

Just made these, and they are AWESOME!! We followed the recipe and instructions and they came out perfect. Very easy to make when following the steps. My new favorite and will be making them again.

Jen Sobjack

Monday 27th of August 2018

Thanks for sharing such lovely feedback, Marilyn!

Lorraine Parente

Friday 17th of August 2018

I have been looking forward to trying this recipe since you mentioned it last week. Is there any way of using non dairy ingredients as a substitute and yield the same result? (Cookie Butter is surprisingly dairy-free)

Carmel Mc Hale

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

If due to lactose intolerance, try a high quality butter substitute and lactose free milk, like A2 or Lactaid. If vegan, use almond milk and butter substitute. All bake the same as dairy products.

Jen Sobjack

Saturday 18th of August 2018

Hi Lorraine! I've never made these cookies with non-dairy ingredients and have no idea what to use or how they would turn out.

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